African-American Orators: A Bio-critical Sourcebook

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Richard W. Leeman
Greenwood Publishing Group, 1996 - Social Science - 452 pages

This long-needed sourcebook assesses the unique styles and themes of notable African-American orators from the mid-19th century to the present--of 43 representative public speakers, from W.E.B. Du Bois and Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Martin Luther King Jr. and Jesse Jackson to Barbara Jordan and Thurgood Marshall. The critical analyses of the oratory of a broad segment of different types of public speakers demonstrate how they have stressed the historical search for freedom, upheld American ideals while condemning discriminatory practices against African-Americans, and have spoken in behalf of black pride. This biographical dictionary with its evaluative essays, sources for further reading, and speech chronologies is designed for broad interdisciplinary use by students, teachers, activists, and general readers in college, university, institutional, and public libraries.

 

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Melbourne
xxv
William Wells Brown
6
Shirley Anita St Hill Chisholm
18
Leroy Eldridge Cleaver
28
Anna Julia Cooper
37
Alexander Crummell
47
Angela Yvonne Davis
56
Father Divine
67
Louis E Lomax
233
Thurgood Marshall
243
Robert Parris Moses
255
Eleanor Holmes Norton
264
Adam Clayton Powell Jr
270
Colin Luther Powell
278
Asa Philip Randolph
288
Charles Lenox Remond
296

Frederick Douglass
78
William Edward Burghardt Du Bois
94
Marian Wright Edelman
106
Louis Abdul Farrakhan
116
Lenora Fulani
130
Henry Highland Garnet
139
Marcus Moziah Garvey
147
Francis James Grimke
159
Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
167
Benjamin Lawson Hooks
177
Jesse Louis Jackson
188
Vernon Johns
197
Barbara Charline Jordan
203
Martin Luther King Jr
212
John Robert Lewis
222
Maria W Miller Stewart
305
Mary Eliza Church Terrell
312
Sojourner Truth
326
Booker T Washington
335
Alyce Faye Wattleton
352
Ida Bell WellsBarnett
361
William Whipper
369
Lawrence Douglas Wilder
378
Fannie Barrier Williams
387
Walter Edward Williams
394
Malcolm X
404
Andrew Jackson Young
417
Index
425
About the Contributors
439
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Page 13 - ... -,—no matter with what solemnities he may have been devoted upon the altar of slavery; the first moment he touches the sacred soil of Britain, the altar and the god sink together in the dust; his soul walks abroad in her own majesty; his body swells beyond the measure of his chains, that burst from around him, and he stands redeemed, regenerated, and disenthralled, by the irresistible Genius of UNIVERSAL EMANCIPATION.

About the author (1996)

RICHARD W. LEEMAN, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, teaches courses in rhetorical theory, political communication, and African-American oratory. He is the author of The Rhetoric of Terrorism (1991) and Do Everything Reform: The Oratory of Frances E. Willard (1992), both published by Greenwood Press.

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